The Perils of Social Media Fact-Checking

I don't normally do "guest posts" on VFTP. After all, it's weird letting someone else write in your diary. But my friend Jon Hauptman, HMFIC at PHLster holsters and half of the podcasting team at The Guns Guide to Liberals and one of the smartest dudes I know, wrote a post on Facebook the other day that I asked to copy here.It was a thoughtful piece on how, in an attempt to mitigate the spread of inflammatory and divisive "fake news" stories, the social media giant's fact checking process was go...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, Guns, Bad Ideas, Tam, Jon, Snopes, Teh Intarw3bz, A walk on the slippery rocks, Geekery, Jon Hauptman, Google Backfire Effect Frankly

2 Google 7″ Touchscreen Nest Hub Smart Assistants For Just $79.99-$99.99 Shipped From HSN After $100 Discount!

2 Google 7″ Touchscreen Nest Hub Smart Assistants For Just $79.99-$99.99 Shipped From HSN After $100 Discount! Open a new HSN account and you can save another $20 with code: HSN2020 These sell for $99 from B&H. “Google Nest Hub provides help at a glance in any room at home. With the Google Assistant built-in, […]
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Ubisoft Uses AI To Teach a Car To Drive Itself in a Racing Game

An anonymous reader shares a report: Reinforcement learning, an AI training technique that employs rewards to drive software policies toward goals, has been applied successfully to domains from industrial robotics to drug discovery. But while firms including OpenAI and Alphabet's DeepMind have investigated its efficacy in video games like Dota 2, Quake III Arena, and StarCraft 2, few to date have studied its use under constraints like those encountered in the game industry. That's presumably why...
Tags: Tech, Atari, Ubisoft, Dota

Shop for New Year's Deals on Apple Products Including MacBook Pro, AirPods, iPad, and More (mac rumors)

As 2019 comes to an end, many retailers are discounting a wide array of Apple products and accessories. In this article, we've rounded up the best sales you can find online for iPad, iPad Pro, MacBook Pro, AirPods, and more. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. For these deals, we've linked to retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Ad...
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How the On-Demand Economy Reshaped Cities

Since 2010, a slew of on-demand companies and technologies have managed to use consumer data to transform the commercial significance of urban living. From a report: Historically, one of the great economic benefits of urban life is having access to jobs, schooling, goods, and services without needing to travel very far. But digital platforms that aggregate consumer demand are making physical density less important. Uber and Airbnb, the killer apps of the 2010s, exemplify this change. Once upon a...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Airbnb, Kevin Webb

How to stop AI from perpetuating harmful biases

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already re-configuring the world in conspicuous ways. Data drives our global digital ecosystem, and AI technologies reveal patterns in data. Smartphones, smart homes, and smart cities influence how we live and interact, and AI systems are increasingly involved in recruitment decisions, medical diagnoses, and judicial verdicts. Whether this scenario is utopian or dystopian depends on your perspective. The potential risks of AI are enumerated repeatedly. Killer robo...
Tags: Startups, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Syndication

The Funniest Things We Saw in 2019

Things that made us laugh this year: Compelling Theory that Edvard Munch was Actually Trying to Paint His Dog Hyperactive Dog vs. Parked $200,000 Porsche Does Not End Well for the Porsche Ikea-Based Tarot Cards Video of Snooty French Designer Telling Client to Design Their Own Furniture "Enthusiastic Dog-Faced Court Jester With Pac-Man Ghost Trapped in Stomach" Suggested Names for Newly-Discovered 2,000-Year-Old Earth Drawings in Peru Best Halloween Costume for a Couple "Person Who Sp...
Tags: Apple, Design, Peru, Edvard Munch, Object Culture

IRS Reforms Free File Program, Drops Agreement Not To Compete With TurboTax

Finding free online tax filing should be easier this year for millions of Americans. From a report: The IRS announced significant changes Monday to its deal with the tax prep software industry. Now companies are barred from hiding their free products from search engines such as Google, and a years-old prohibition on the IRS creating its own online filing system has been scrapped. The addendum to the deal, known as Free File, comes after ProPublica's reporting this year on how the industry, led b...
Tags: Google, Tech, Intuit, Irs, Turbotax, Chuck Rettig

Mature dating apps are coming of age

An increasing number of older people are turning to dating apps for mature people, in a quest for love.
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Trump Signs Traced Act Into Law in Bid To Help Put an End To Robocalls

The fight against annoying robocalls just got another boost. This week President Trump signed the Traced Act into law, giving government agencies and law enforcement officials more weapons to go after individuals and companies who break telephone consumer-protection laws. From a report: The bi-partisan legislation was previously approved by the House and Senate, respectively, earlier this month before arriving on the president's desk. Crafted by Sens. John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, ...
Tags: Fcc, Senate, Massachusetts, Tech, South Dakota, House, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Trump, Ed Markey, Sens John Thune

Tim Cook: Japanese Supplier Seiko Advance is the Reason Why iPhone 11 Pro is Available in Midnight Green (mac rumors)

Apple CEO Tim Cook in a December trip to Japan visited Seiko Advance, one of Apple's suppliers in the country, and in an interview with Nikkei that was published today, he explained that Seiko Advance is the reason why the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are available in Midnight Green. Seiko Advance is a company that creates ink for devices like the iPhone. Cook was shown a vat of the Midnight Green dye when he visited Seiko Advance, and said that it was "only made by high-quality control and craf...
Tags: Apple, Japan, Cook, News, Tim Cook, Cupertino, Juli Clover, Cook Apple, Kabe, Gold Silver and Space Gray, Seiko Advance, Yukinori Kabe, Tim CookBuyer

Tiffen has announced a new range of ND Filter Kits for the DJI Mavic Mini

One notable absence in the launch of the DJI Mavic Mini was a range of ND filters designed for the new drone. DJI has sets of their own branded filters for many of their products like the Osmo Pocket and Osmo Action as well as for drones including the Phantom 4, Mavic Pro and Mavic […] The post Tiffen has announced a new range of ND Filter Kits for the DJI Mavic Mini appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, News, Drones, Tiffen, Gear Announcement, Drone Filter, ND filters, Osmo Pocket, Osmo Action, DJI Mavic Mini, ND Polarizers

How to permanently delete files from Google Drive on your Android device

You can easily delete a file from Google Drive on an Android with several taps.  You can send the file to your Google Drive trash folder and delete it from the trash to permanently remove it.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. You can easily delete a file in Google Drive on your Android in a couple steps. You can either send the file to your Google Drive trash folder or permanently remove the file from the trash folder. The process is very simple.Here's how to do it. Check ...
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How to use your Cash Card after you sign up for and activate it in the Cash App

You can use the Cash App card, called the Cash Card, at retailers in the US that accept Visa, and to withdraw money from your ATM without an additional fee.  Once you order and activate your Cash Card, it will be linked with your Cash App and you'll be asked to assign a PIN number — then you can use it like you would any other debit card.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Cash App allows you to send money to friends, family, and vendors directly from your iPhone or Android ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Elon Musk, US, Trends, Paypal, Square, Best Buy Samsung

How to add your Cash App account to Apple Pay with a Cash Card

You can add your Cash App account to Apple Pay — but only if you have a Cash Card, the app's free debit card.  It's easy to add your Cash Card to Apple Pay through Cash App, or in the Apple Wallet on your iPhone or iPad.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Cash App and Apple Pay are two of the most popular mobile payment applications.  Fortunately, Cash App allows iOS users to integrate with Apple Pay — but only if you have a Cash Card, the app's free debit card.  Here are tw...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Paypal, Debit Card, Apple Wallet, Best Buy Samsung, Apple Wallet Check

organizations as media

In discussing organizational models and metaphors, Naomi Stanford refers to Gareth Morgan and his influence on organizational design. “Gareth’s Morgan’s book Images of Organisation (1986),  for example, offered eight organisational metaphors …” — machine, organism, brain, culture, political system, psychic prison, flux & transformation, and instrument of domination. Other researchers have added to this list — icehotel, wonderland, femicide, justice. In a 2011 interview, Morgan says that there is...
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A personal finance influencer on YouTube earned 6 figures from ads in 2019. He told us how and shared the monthly breakdown.

Andrei Jikh was teaching magic online but he found more lucrative work by switching to personal finance.  One year later, he has 300,000 subscribers and earned six figures just from ads placed on his videos by Google.  Jikh spoke to Business Insider about deciding to start a YouTube channel, how he maximizes his earnings, and how much he earned per month in 2019. Sign up for Business Insider's influencer newsletter, Influencer Dashboard, to get more stories like this in your inbox. Click here ...
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Apple's smart battery cases for iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max goes beyond more battery

It's become a yearly tradition and, like clockwork, Apple recently released new Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. They cost $129 and are available now — and they might just be the ultimate companions for the latest set of iPhones.
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Tech’s biggest companies are worth ~$5T as 2019’s epic stock market run wraps

Look, this is the last post I’m writing in 2019 and I’m tired. But I can’t let the year close without taking stock of how well tech stocks did this year. It was bonkers. So let’s mark the year’s conclusion with some notes for our future selves. Yes, we know that the Nasdaq has been setting new records and SaaS had a good year. But we need to dig in and get the numbers out so that we can look back and remember. Let’s cap off this year the way it deserves to be remembered, as a kick-ass trip ’roun...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, TC, Facebook, Microsoft, Tech, Intel, Wall Street Journal, Oracle, Journal, Alphabet, Big Five, Beyond Meat, Tech Stocks

VCs predict that remote work, celebrity startup investors, and an exodus from Silicon Valley are the big tech trends to watch in 2020

Venture capitalists took to Twitter to share their tech predictions for 2020. Among them, Fred Wilson expects some kind of reckoning in Big Tech. Brianne Kimmel, managing director of Work Life Ventures, predicts more celebrities will break into angel investing. And others contemplate whether Silicon Valley is really over. These are some of their predictions. Click here for more BI Prime stories. For venture capitalists, publishing a list of tech predictions is a New Year's tradition as time-h...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Trends, Nike, Silicon Valley, Karlie Kloss, Fintech, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins, Zendesk, Bessemer Venture Partners, Fred Wilson, Lightspeed, Blumberg Capital, Business Insider, Bessemer

With 2 new MLS partnerships, CRMLS now claims 100K Realtors

The Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors and Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors have both voted to use CRMLS for data and tech services.
Tags: Technology, California, Los Angeles, Radio, Pasadena, Ventura County, FBS, Palm Springs, Industry News, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Tricia Moore, Select, News Brief, Bright MLS, Art Carter

These were the biggest automotive stories of the 2010s

The 2010s were among the most eventful decades since the invention of the automobile in the late 1900s. From Tesla's rise to the advent of self-driving vehicles, from Dieselgate to an historic GM strike and the arrival of Uber, the decade was action-packed and defined by big personalities and crazy stories. I decided to collect all the best in one place. Enjoy! But the 2020s could be even crazier. Sign up for Business Insider's transportation newsletter, Shifting Gears, to get more stories lik...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Uber, Japan, Elon Musk, Obama, China, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, Cruise, United States, Porsche

4 Simple Steps To Improve Your Website Security

If you don’t have a secure website, you’re surely driving away traffic from new visitors that you could turn into paying customers. Recent studies show that there’s a security attack online every 39 seconds. With such high frequency, you can’t afford to neglect your site’s security. For any business owner, their website is the hub of all information where users can interact with their content and connect to their brand. A secure website ensures that your visitors stay on the page until they’re r...
Tags: Google, Security, Technology, Wordpress, Blogging, Website Security, Online Security, Syed Balkhi

Best smartphone deals for January 2020: iPhone, Samsung, and Google Pixel

Although the big holiday sales are over, it's never a bad time to score a new smartphone and save some cash. We rounded up the best deals to save you as much as $1,200.
Tags: Apple, Google, Deals, Android, Mobile, Samsung, Trends, Phones

How to get a Cash Card by signing up on the Cash App, and customize your card color and signature

You can get a Cash App debit card — called the Cash Card — to use your Cash App balance at stores that accept Visa.  It's free and easy to get a Cash Card by signing up on the Cash App (as long as you're 18 or older), and you can even customize the color and draw your own signature.  Once you confirm all the information necessary to get your Cash Card, you should receive your card within 10 business days. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Cash App, like Venmo, is a peer-to-p...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Paypal, Venmo, Best Buy Samsung, Cash App

Need a new tablet? Here are the best Apple iPad deals for January 2020

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Trends, Ipads, Computing, Ipad Mini, Ipad Pro, Apple deals, iPad deals

Get the most out of your Google Assistant with these 8 tips and tricks

If you've been fiddling with your Google Assistant but don't know what to try next, you've come to the right place. With your Google Home, Google Home Mini, Nest Mini and related devices, we've compiled a few commands here you might like to try.
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Get your Google Assistant up and running in a jiffy with these steps

If you've been waiting to set up your Google Home device, wait no longer. Whether it's the Nest Mini, Nest Hub, Google Home or another related device, this quick guide will get you started in no time.
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Kentucky's Lynn Bowden punches Virginia Tech player before Belk Bowl, throws game-winning TD pass during it

Kentucky star Lynn Bowden punched a Virginia Tech defensive lineman amid a pregame kerfuffle approximately 90 minutes before the Belk Bowl began Tuesday. Bowden, Kentucky's offensive star, had issues with Virginia Tech when he came onto the field before the game. Kentucky QB/WR Lynn Bowden had issues with Virginia Tech pregame, and even punched a Tech player.
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ThinkPad X1 Carbon vs. ThinkPad T490

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 epitomizes the modern ThinkPad, with sleeker lines and robust components. The ThinkPad T490 is for the more budget-conscious ThinkPad fan who likes the throwback design.
Tags: Trends, Computing, Lenovo, Laptops, Thinkpad, Thinkpad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad T490

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